Definition of “doggerel” - English Dictionary


“doggerel” in English

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doggerelnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈdɒɡ.ər.əl/ us /ˈdɑː.ɡɚ.əl/

Examples from literature

  • All these early plays were written, for the most part, in a mingling of prose and wretched doggerel, and add nothing to our literature. 
  • And as for the hymns which are sung, why is it necessary for them to be doggerel before they are devotional? 
  • He spoke in mere doggerel and slang. 
  • This is no better verse, and possibly no worse, than much of the adolescent doggerel that is so often preserved by fond parents to prove that their child early gave signs of poetic and literary genius. 
  • Until the boys got hold of that doggerel he wrote, Johnny was sure they had not paid any attention to his occasional vague rhapsodies on the subject. 

(Definition of “doggerel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)